By Sami DeSocio
Now that the show you were just in is in rehearsals, and you know you have the part, it’s time to put the job on your resume! What is a resume? Well, it’s a list of jobs and roles you’ve had over how ever many years you’ve been performing. But of course, like all things, it has to look a certain way. So how does someone know what to, and what not to include? And what does a resume actually look like? Here are a few tips and pointers to keep in mind for resume building!
The top of the resume should have your stage name on it. If you perform under your real name, then put that, but however you want to be billed should be what you write. The next most important thing are your physical attributes: height, weight, eye color and hair color. Of course, the casting director or director can see this in a headshot, but they can’t tell things like weight and height, and having that information right in front of them, especially after you’ve been dismissed from the audition and they have so many more to look at, it will be easier for them to cast you, or even pass on you if you don’t meet what they’re looking for.
Now, on with the show, or shows. Your most recent show goes first and you go backward chronologically. If you did a show in 2014, but your first show you did in 2009, you start your resume with the show or shows you did in 2014 and work backwards until you get to the shows you did in 2009. You need to list the show, the role you had in the show, the year you did the show, and where the show was. I’ve heard you should also list the theatre, and some even say list the director. But, I’ve mostly seen them with show, role, year, and where the show took place.
The resume should also be broken down by medium. What that means is theater movies, commercials, TV spots and things like that should each have their own heading and section of your resume.
You also need to list your special skills after all of your roles. But what are special skills? Anything! Do you have a hobby you’re good at? Do you drive? Do you sing? Are you good with children? Do you know first aid? Anything like that, that wouldn’t be normally found on a resume belongs under special skills. Very important, if you’re a singer, your voice range needs to go up by your height, weight, eye color and hair color! I’ll say it one more time: If you are a singer! As in, this is an important part of your resume, and you have nothing but musicals on your resume, your voice part needs to be up under your physical features! If you can carry a tune, and occasionally get a musical, you can put singing with your voice part under special skills.
The last section that you need to include is any training you’ve had. Any scene study, fencing, voice, accents, anything. It needs to be included with your teacher’s name, and how long you’ve been in training with them. In addition to that, list any and all awards you’ve received as well!
If you follow these basic resume tips, your resume will not only impress, but will look as professional as it can be on any audition! Break a leg!